Funerals

 I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor things to come, nor any powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

Arranging a Funeral can seem like mammoth of a task  especially in the midst of grief. Be assured we are here to support you in anyway we can. please don't hesitate to contact us at any point during the process or after, if you have any questions, if there is anything you want to talk about, or if there is anything we can do to help you.


FIRST STEPS

To arrange a funeral in the church you can either find a funeral director who will work with us to sort out an appropriate time and date that will work for you. Alternatively you can contact us directly and begin working out some of the details earlier in the process.

 

When you are ready to talk about the funeral details the vicar will arrange to meet with you and anyone else from the family who wants to join the discussion. This will also give the vicar the opportunity to learn a bit about the deceased.

THE SERVICE

As a christian service there will be certain elements that we will always include in a funeral service. The core parts of the service will include the following;

  • Welcome & Introduction 

  • Hymn*

  • Psalm, Bible reading, and the address

  • Intercessions

  • Hymn*

  • Commendation and farewell

  • Committal*

  • Blessing & Dismissal 

 

*Hymns are not a core part of the service but they will usually be included.

*Committal will be included before the blessing and dismissal if the whole service has taken place in crematorium. If the main service is done in the church with the committal following at the crematorium or the grave side. 

There is also the possibility of including additional content as well. Additional content may include other readings or poems, a eulogy, or a reflective piece of music to be discussed with the Vicar

If the committal is done separately at the crematorium then it may be possible to have an additional hymn as well as some of the other additional items then as well.

it is also worth thinking about any music you may want played while you enter or exit the church or crematorium (please note any prerecorded music will need to be agreed with the Vicar and organised by yourself and the Funeral Directors).

BIBLE READINGS

Church funeral will have two readings. One will be a Psalm and the other from another place in scripture.

Below are some options.

Psalms
  • Psalm 23

  • Psalm 27 

  • Psalm 90 

  • Psalm 121 

  • Psalm 130 

Other Bible Readings
  • John 6:35-40

  • John 11:17-27 

  • John 14:1-6 

  • Romans 8:31- End

  • 1 Corinthians 15 

  • 1 Corinthians 15:20-End

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-End

  • Revelation 21:1-7 

HYMNS

  • The Old Rugged Cross

  • Guide Me O Though Great Redeemer

  • The Lord's My Shepherd

  • Amazing Grace

  • Lord of All Hopefulness

  • How Great Thou Art

  • Abide With Me

  • Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

  • Be Thou My Vision

  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness

  • Immortal Invisible God Only Wise

  • Love Divine

  • Rock Of Ages Cleft For Me

  • Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven

  • Morning Has Broken

EULAGY

Remember this is not an essential part to the service and many people choose not to have one, so don't feel pressured into writing one. This can be a helpful task in the grieving process but it can also be a difficult this to write. Don't try and say everything the deceased has done throughout their life, as interesting as it is, it doesn't really say who they were. Talk instead about their character, what they were like as a spouse, parent, and friend. Speak of their quirks, and share a fond memory. 

 

The length of the Eulogy will depend on other additional elements included and whether we are at or need to get to the crematorium. They can range from 300 to 900 words with 900 being the maximum length it should be regardless of the crematorium. 

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